PTSD illustrates the struggles many veterans face when they return from war. We see hundreds of suffering vets on the streets with nowhere to turn, abandoned by a government that should have taken care of them. At the center of the narrative is Jun, a woman suffering from severe PTSD who pulls away from those around her. She’s a complex character filled with guilt about her past, desperately wanting to get better but unable to overcome her addiction alone. This is a story about the power of community, of helping those who are struggling to make ends meet. PTSD is a very real, very painful condition, with many suffering in silence for decades.
The story shows many barely getting by on the streets of a city filled with inequality. Local gangs have cornered the market on medical supplies, effectively killing off those who are unable to pay their inflated prices. We see a woman unable to recover from her past. She decides to take matters in her own hands and that’s when the mayhem ensues. We also see a restaurant owner and her young son begin to help the people in their neighborhood. What starts as a couple plates of food becomes a full, coordinated effort to provide meals and relief for veterans on the street. As people become well, they join the cause and the efforts grow exponentially. It’s an inspiring story, seeing these groups of people come together to help each other out.
The art style is fascinating, filled with gruesome details and the decay of the city. Much of the novel follows a darker style but it seems to get more colorful as our protagonist begins to heal. The fight scenes are explosive and raw, using hyper-violence and sound effects to set the tone. The attention to detail fits the story well, showing every bit of the struggle so many are facing in this seemingly abandoned city.
At the end, PTSD is a story of hope for those suffering from this debilitating condition. It’s a lesson in the importance of community and friendship, of helping those around you when they need it most.
NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.
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